This decision aid was designed to help people who are facing difficult decisions that will affect their health or social lives. It can help you to explore your individual needs, plan the next steps and track your progress. It can also make it easier to share your views with others who are involved in the decision.

The decision aid takes you through four main steps:

  1. What decision am I facing?
  2. What are my options? Who can help me?
  3. What do I need in order to be able to make a decision?
  4. What else can I do to feel more confident about making a decision?

The decision aid cannot replace a professional consultation. But it can help you prepare for a conversation with healthcare professionals or people close to you.

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute has produced a helpful decision guide that is available as an interactive PDF. You can fill it in and save it on your computer. You will find the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide here.